The Town of Smyrna has been busy with construction projects this year with some already completed, some in progress, and others starting later this year. Here's a list of the projects.

Green Meadows electrical upgrades

The Town of Smyrna is in the process of doing underground electrical upgrades in the Green Meadows subdivision. The project involves new conductors, transformers, conduit and more.

Phase I of the project was North Fairfield Drive and was completed last year. The second phase of the project is underway right now on Laredo Drive, according to Town Manager Dave Hugg.

"We plan to eventually upgrade all the underground electric in Green Meadows," Hugg said. "There will probably be two more phases – Baldwin and Albright Drive. We hope to do some or all of the work this year."

Hugg said the cost of materials and labor – done by town staff – is estimated at about $130,700 for all four phases plus about $64,400 for underground boring, which is done by a contractor.

Glenwood Streets project

The paving project for three streets in the housing development off of Glenwood Avenue began last week. The $290,000 project is funded by the Municipal Street Aid fund from the state and is expected to take about a month.

The streets included in the project are North High Street from Glenwood Avenue to Greens Branch Lane; School Lane from Glenwood Avenue to Greens Branch Lane; and Greens Branch Lane from North High Street to north of Ronald Lane.

Improvements include limited curb replacement, drainage and utility adjustments, milling, patching and a hot-mix overlay.

Bringing utilities north of Duck Creek

Phase I of the Duck Creek utility project, which is putting water and sewer north of Duck Creek, is 85 percent complete. This portion of the project is expected to be complete by the end of August.

Phase II of the project includes putting a pump station north of the creek. Hugg said the bidding process for this phase closes at the end of the month. This portion of the project could start this fall and will take about 180 days to complete.

Phase III of the project will put water and sewer from the pump station to the rest area. The town is currently working on easements, Hugg said.

"Someday we'll have a water tower across from the rest area," Hugg said.

The water system portion of project is funded by a $1.3 million USDA loan. The sewer system portion of the project is funded by a $1.65 million DNREC loan. Hugg asked to not include the cost of the pump station portion as that aspect of the project hasn't gone to bid yet.

Improving utilities on Commerce Street

The town could start a utilities project on Commerce Street in the fall, though there's a possibility most of the construction will be done next year.

The project features water and sewer on West Commerce Street from Market Street to East Commerce Street at East Street. The utilities need to be replaced because they're old.

Hugg said the town is waiting on one more permit before they start the bidding process.

The water system replacement is funded by a $1 million Office of Drinking Water loan. The sewer system replacement is funded by a $917,000 DNREC loan.

Police station expansion

The town continues to move forward with the $3.5 million police station expansion, which at this point is funded by a USDA loan.

Demolition began Tuesday on the old public works building next to the police station on Glenwood Avenue; the project involves expanding the police station to the current location of the old public works building.

Project Manager Ed Ide expects construction to begin in mid to late September. The project should be complete by September 2014.

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